Thursday, June 16, 2016

Typecasting, by Harry Turtledove


(Alternate History; State of Jefferson Stories) It's 1980, and a Sasquatch, Bill Williamson, is governor of "Jefferson," a state carved out of Oregon and California. (9,121 words; Time: 30m)

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Pro: There's something inherently funny about a Sasquatch politician. (The Yeti Lama is amusing too.) Bill's concern with equal rights for big/hairy people is funny precisely because it makes so much sense.

Con: This is essentially the story of how a politician used graft and corruption to get his daughter a role in a play. He easily achieves his goal, and there are no consequences at all.

The story takes a very long time to get going, giving us endless unnecessary details about the world with Sasquatches in it.

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